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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 26 — Dec. 20, 2010
  • pp: 27619–27626

Three dimensional nanoparticle trapping enhanced by surface plasmon resonance

Jingzhi Wu and Xiaosong Gan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 26, pp. 27619-27626 (2010)

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We demonstrate a three dimensional nanoparticle trapping approach aided by the surface plasmon resonance of metallic nanostructures. The localized surface plasmon resonance effect provides strong electromagnetic field enhancement, which enables confinement of nanoparticles in the three-dimensional space. Numerical simulations indicate that the plasmonic structure provides approximately two orders of magnitude stronger optical forces for trapping nanoparticles, compared with that without nanostructures. The study of thermal effect of the plasmonic structure shows that the impact of the thermal force is significant, which may determine the outcome of the nanoparticle trapping.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation
(310.6628) Thin films : Subwavelength structures, nanostructures

ToC Category:
Optical Trapping and Manipulation

Original Manuscript: November 8, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 7, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 8, 2010
Published: December 15, 2010

Jingzhi Wu and Xiaosong Gan, "Three dimensional nanoparticle trapping enhanced by surface plasmon resonance," Opt. Express 18, 27619-27626 (2010)

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